A PRE-APPLICATION presentation on the Queensmere shopping centre redevelopment will be presented to councillors next week – this is just one of the many planning applications submitted to or determined by Slough Borough Council or the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

To view more details for each application, go to the respective council’s planning portal with the reference number attached.

A presentation outlining plans to redevelop the Queensmere shopping centre at Queensmere Shopping Centre (including Dukes House and Wellington House), 141, 143, 145 and 165 High Street, and associated land, Slough (PREAPP/13 02).

Councillors on the planning committee will get a taste of what British Land, the developers, has planned for one of Slough’s shopping complexes.

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The indicative plans include:

  • Up to 1,600 residential units.
  • Up to 550 car parking spaces.
  • Up to 40,000 sqm office space.
  • 5,500 sqm – 12,000 sqm retail, food and beverage uses
  • 0 sqm – 1,500 sqm live music venue/cinema
  • 0 sqm – 2,250 sqm bar/hot food takeaway

Royal Borough Observer: Queensmere shopping centre could be redeveloped into new housingQueensmere shopping centre could be redeveloped into new housing

The development is planned to be completed in phases from west to east across the site, with demolition and construction starting in 2023. It is anticipated to be built over 14 years with a completion year of 2036.

The presentation will take place at the planning committee on Wednesday, October 13. Residents can watch the stream via the council website.

Outline application for access, layout and scale only to be considered at this stage for the construction of 28 flats at Old Boundary House and New Boundary House London Road Sunningdale Ascot (21/01543/OUT).

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Developers were eyeing to demolish the existing buildings and erect a new three-storey apartment block consisting of 11 one-beds, five two-beds, and 12 three-bedroom flats - a “proportion” of which could be affordable housing.

A total of 34 car parking spaces are proposed, six of which are for visitors, and cycle storage would have also been provided.

However, the application has faced backlash from two parish councils and residents.

Sunningdale Parish Council fear the designs represents a “significant overdevelopment” of the site and criticised the applicants for “misleading” and “open to interpretation” statement on affordable housing.

Royal Borough Observer: Old Boundary HouseOld Boundary House

The council states: “The Parish Council would certainly encourage the inclusion of a substantial number of affordable housing units within the scheme and would strongly oppose the approval of a ‘loophole’ that enabled affordable housing units to be substituted for Private Sale units after the approval of any planning application.”

Ward councillor Christine Bateson (Con) called this application in to be determined by a planning panel.

The objections and the call in prompted the developers to withdraw the scheme.

Office building set to become 13 new flats at 337 Bath Road, Slough (F/02069/017).

Planning officers gave the go-ahead for the ground and the two upper floors at Chiltern House to be transformed into new apartments.

Royal Borough Observer: Chiltern House, 337 Bath RoadChiltern House, 337 Bath Road

There are three units proposed across the ground floor and five units proposed across each of the first and second floors of the property, comprising all one-bedroom flats which are evenly sized, and each includes lounge, dining, and bathroom facilities.

The site will provide 25 car parking spaces.